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Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith signs with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL

Former Ohio State and Glenville quarterback Troy Smith is restarting his football career with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.

By Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer

August 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio - From Glenville High School to Ohio State to the Heisman Trophy to the NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens to the San Francisco 49ers to the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL to the Pittsburgh Steelers to an internship at Ohio State.

Troy Smith's football career has taken him a lot of places. And now it's taking him to Canada.

The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League announced on Wednesday night that they had signed Smith to a two-year contract.

"We welcome Troy to the Alouettes. We've been in discussions together for well over three months and have been patiently waiting for Troy to finish his commitments at Ohio State,” Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp said in a statement released by the team. “We'll have to fast track Troy in order to get him over the learning curve of the CFL and caught up to speed over the next several weeks. He's here to learn and grasp the game for future competition."

Smith had been around Ohio State for about a year, working last fall with the gameday operations crew, throwing to Ohio State receivers at their Pro Day in March.

“I totally have accepted the next stage of my life,” Smith said then, while making it clear he would still love to get a call from the Browns.

He was open to opportunity and staying in shape by throwing with the younger Buckeyes.

“You’ve got no choice but to look young and spry right with them,” Smith said then.

He's spry enough for the Alouettes. The CFL is in the middle of its season. Montreal is 2-4 with 12 more games in to play in a schedule that runs through Nov. 1.

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